USE YOUR VOICE

The City of Miami is setting criteria for qualifying projects funded through the Miami Forever Bond on the evening of Thursday, Jan 31.

Join us at City Hall at 6PM to USE YOUR VOICE to influence the projects that are funded with YOUR tax dollars. Join us to ensure that the bond projects reflect community concerns and true equity.

CITY OF MIAMI TO STUDY CLIMATE GENTRIFICATION

The City of Miami Commission recently passed a resolution directing the administration to research gentrification in areas of low median income and high elevation, and ways to stabilize property taxes in these areas. The City will also dedicate $4 million of the Miami Forever Bond to help residents at risk from climate change to make improvements on their homes. Miami is the first city in the U.S. to formally consider the topic.

Check out the Miami Herald article featuring MCA members: Valencia Gunder (New Florida Majority), Yoca Arditi-Rocha (CLEO Institute), and Marliene Bastien (Family Action Network Movement).

AMENDMENT 4 VOTING RESTORATION

In November 2018, Florida voters approved Amendment 4, the Voting Restoration Amendment. The amended Constitution restores the voting rights of Floridians with felony convictions, excluding murder or sexual offenses, after they complete all terms of their sentence including parole or probation.

As of January 8, 2019, Amendment 4 goes into effect. If you or someone you know is planning to register to vote, please review the helpful information provided by the ACLU of Florida here.

MIAMI BEACH WORKS TOWARDS BECOMING A PLASTIC-FREE CITY

 

 

The City of Miami Beach recently passed an ordinance that prohibits single-use plastic beverage straws and stirrers on the City’s beaches, streets, parks, sidewalk cafes, docks, marinas, waterways and other public places as well as banning single- use plastic bags from being distributed by sidewalk cafes.

“Plastic straws and bags are the most commonly found litter item on our urban island — taking hundreds of years to degrade,” noted Director of Environmental and Sustainability Elizabeth Wheaton. “They also pose a significant threat to our natural wildlife, as well as our drainage system. By prohibiting these disposable food service articles, the City hopes to significantly reduce the amount of litter and pollutants on land and in the water for years to come.”

Learn more about #plasticfreemb here.

An Open Letter to Governor-Elect DeSantis

Dear Governor-Elect DeSantis:

Climate change is an existential threat to Florida. Residents and tourists are seeing the effects that warmer water and increased rainfall have on our state – the unprecedented harmful algae blooms and red tide outbreaks of the past year have devastated local economies. Meteorologists were astonished as they watched Michael – a tropical storm – grow into a major hurricane in just two days.  While climate change does not cause these problems, it makes them worse because both hurricanes and algae are fueled by warmer water.

The images of green slime coating our waterways and dead animals washing up on our beaches have tarnished Florida’s international reputation. The economic and ecological consequences of this year’s harmful toxic algae blooms and hurricane activity will be long-lasting.

As Florida’s next Governor, you must take meaningful action to protect our state. Otherwise, climate change-related disasters like these will become a recurring problem on our coasts. The people of Florida demand better leadership, and smarter management of our natural resources.

There is no time to lose; upon assuming the Office of the Governor we urge you to:

  1. Acknowledge climate change as the serious threat that it is and foster a transition to clean renewable energy sources that reduce Florida’s dependence on fossil fuels.
  2. Implement meaningful monitoring, protection, and preservation of our waterways. Appoint scientists – not industry insiders – to water protection boards. Preserve, protect, and increase wetlands, which serve as a natural buffer for storms, and a filter to improve water quality.
  3. Make polluters pay to clean up their own mess.
  4. Create a Florida Future Fund to support resilent infrastructure investments, and to protect those who are the most vulnerable.

The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change recently published a report warning that action is required within the next 12 years in order to prevent total chaos. We need real leadership and action in the Capitol. You have the potential to correct course and make Florida a clean energy leader, and to create a legacy as the Governor who saved our state. We are watching you and waiting.

Thank you.

READ THE FULL LETTER AND SIGN YOUR SUPPORT HERE

DEVELOPMENT ENDANGERS FLORIDA PANTHERS

SIGN SOUTH FLORIDA WILDLANDS PETITION TO SAVE
FLORIDA PANTHERS

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has released a draft Environmental Impact Statement which approves 45,000 acres of dense suburban development and limestone mines in addition to hundreds of miles of new or widened roads in some of the most important habitat which remains for the endangered Florida Panther.

Many other consequences will follow from this plan – light pollution, environmental release of heavy metals and other chemicals from road runoff, spread of invasive plants, degradation of area wetlands through depletion of groundwater resources and paving over of aquifer recharge areas, genetic isolation of vulnerable plant and wildlife communities, and a great increase in contact between wildlife and people.

YouthvGov

On Monday, October 29th, 350 South Florida and the Sierra Club hosted a rally at the Wilkes D. Ferguson courthouse in solidarity with YouthvGov  – 21 young people suing the President and Federal Government, with the support of Our Children’s Trust, to defend the rights of youth and future generations. We all have the same rights to life, liberty, and property — but these rights depend on a safe climate.

The trial was set October 29, 2018 in Eugene, Oregon, but the Trump administration continues to interfere. Please support and follow this trial here.

100 Great Ideas

Miami Climate Alliance is thrilled to be on the host committee for the upcoming 100 Great Ideas campaign on Climate Resilience and Sustainability! Join the 100 Great Ideas Facebook group now and get ready to post your ideas on how to build a more climate resilient and sustainable community starting November 12th, 2018!

100 Great Ideas campaigns are Facebook-based conversations where everyone is invited to share their opinion about the best way to solve a pressing community issue – and campaign #5 is focused on climate resilience and sustainability. For five days starting November 12th, 2018, everyone in South Florida is invited to join the Facebook group and post ideas, questions, articles, etc. responding to the question “What are the best ways to build a more climate resilient and sustainable south Florida?” Campaigns are solution-oriented, generative and collaborative – and you can participate from anywhere.